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Chris Willis Dr M Newlin English 306 Monday May 15 2000 Nanny a Mule and a Pear Tree Janies Beginning Zora Neale Hurstons work provides the African-American community with a one of the first literary symbols of racial health - a sense of black people as complete complex undiminished human beings Appropriately Hurstons Their Eyes Were Watching God published in 1937 provides an enlightening look at the journey of one of these undiminished human beings Janie Crawford Janies story - based on principles of self-exploration self-empowerment and self-liberation - details her loss and subsequent attainment of her independence of her own reality as she constantly learns and grows from her difficult experiences with gender issues and racism in Their Eyes Were Watching God Hurstons grasp on the readers imagination is demonstrated with her masterful use of imagery and phrasing Janies dialogue and vernacular carry the reader along with seemingly innocuous pieces of vivid perception In reality Hurston has put the reader in such a position that they hardly realize they are ingesting something deep and true Their Eyes Were Watching God recognizes that there are problems to the human condition such as the need to possess the fear of the unknown and the result of stagnation Hurston does not leave us with the hopelessness rather she extends a recognition and understanding of humanitys need to escape emptiness The truth of life as with death that it is done alone and at the end of it all there should be a sense of self with a positive resolve Janies search begins in her Nannys yard as Janie lies beneath the pear tree when the inaudible voice of it all came to her She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom
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